As speculation grows that the Chinese government may have intentionally launched Covid 19 into the world I began thinking of what could they possibly hope to gain from such dastardly action. What could be their motive? In search of an explanation I could not come up with anything external to China vis-à-vis the rest of the world. But then it occurred to me that perhaps the motive could be perceived threats to their absolute dictatorial power.
Before joining the global community the Chinese people were impoverished with very few, if any, individual rights. They lived, no “existed”, at the very bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. By opening their country to the World and providing vast amounts of cheap labor, the Chinese people began to climb up Maslow’s pyramid. But this may have ignited the first potential challenge to the Communist Party leadership. It’s human nature to expect more as you move up Maslow’s pyramid and what you desire, is more individual freedom. Not something the Communist Party will ever concede.
To make matters worse, it is no longer possible for Despots, to prevent their subjects from knowing what is happening in the rest of the world. When the Chinese people of Mainland China see the standard of living of Chinese living in Taiwan and Hong Kong they cannot help but ask why? Is it our government? Of course, asking that question too often in Mainland China is not advisable.
Here are the facts:
Per Capita GDP
Hong Kong $66,527
China Mainland $20,984
With Covid 19 Xi Jinping has crushed any hopes the Chinese people may have regarding more individual freedom. It also shows the Chinese citizens of Hong Kong that he will be ruthless, if necessary, to gain control of their government.